Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hot August Book Releases: Part One

Here are four hot upcoming releases that we will be featuring in the months to come both with reviews and interviews with the authors.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Release: August 5, 2008
Random House

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In his latest novel Ebershoff tells his story through the narrative of Ann Eliza Young, the real-life 19th "rebel" wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young while exploring the dark side of polygamy occurring deep withing an unrecognized part of the Mormon church. Another important narrative is that of twenty year old Jordan, a contemporary member of the church whose mother finds herself charged with the murder of her polygamist practicing husband. Ebershoff goes behind the sensational headlines of the past few years to present the reader with an emotional, intense novel with rich characters.

Ebershoff is the author of previous novels Danish Girl and Pasadena.

I am happy to announce that I will be doing an interview with Ebershoff in conjunction with the release of the book. Stay tuned for more details!

What Happened to Anna K by Irina Reyn
Release: August 12, 2008
Simon and Schuster

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Irina's debut novel takes place in 21st New York City among a Russian Jewish population. Reyn's debut beautifully adapts Anna Karenina's social melodrama for a decidedly different set of Russians. Anna, 30-something with a string of bad relationships behind her and a restless, literarily inclined soul, is wooed into marriage by the financial stability and social appropriateness of Alex K., an older businessman with roots in her Rego Park, Queens, community. Anna, however, is unhappy in her unromantic relationship and soon stumbles across a way to escape.

As stated, this is Irina Reyn's debut novel and one that I am very excited to read.

I am also happy to announce that I will also be doing an interview with Irina for the release of her upcoming novel. Stay tuned for more details.

The White Mary by Kira Salak
Release: August 5, 2008
Henry Holt and Co.
368 pp

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The central character of The White Mary is Marika Vecera a dangerous and adventurous war reporter who battles dense jungle as well as emotional loss and trauma. Marika, devastated by the apparent suicide of good friend and Pulitzer-winning war correspondent Robert Lewis, our heroine receives a mysterious letter that leads her to Papua New Guinea to see if Robert Lewis is really dead after all. The author Salak is not all that unlike her heroine, a National Geographic reporter and was was the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea.

While The White Mary is Kira Salak's first novel she is an accomplished travel author having written Four Corners: A Journey Into the Heart of Papua New Guinea and The Cruelest Jungle, a story of journey to Timbuktu.

One More Year: Stories by Sana Krasikov
August 12, 2008
Spiegel & Grau
208 pp

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This is one of the books that I am most excited about! Sana Krasikov has been hailed as an author much wiser than her years, garnering the sort of praise and acclimation that many authors strive to receive their entire careers. One More Year is a collection of short stories that both with agonizing despair and salvation at the same time. Most of the characters are of Russian or Georgian decent who have settled on the east coast. Krasikov tackles relationships of varying degrees from the subtleties of marriage to the bonds between a mother and her child.

I am looking forward to this and you should too! Sana and I will also be doing an interview in the coming weeks!


S. Krishna said...

I've been wanting to read the 19th Wife, and I haven't heard of Anna K., but I really want to read it now! Great month!

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